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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Way Better than expected!

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Coachbish

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

We chose the cruise for the timing and itinerary. We doubted our choice because of the size of the ship. While we still prefer the 2500 passenger size we didn’t feel completely overwhelmed by the size.

We did however hate the bed...my husband is 6’2 and his feet stuck over the edge of the curvy design so he ended up sleeping down the middle...not so great! We also really missed the promenade deck. We still love NCL and will stick with them, but probably not on the Epic again...but only for those two reasons.

We loved the entertainment! We used our three specialty dining reservations at the spiegel circus tent. Contrary to past reviews the food was very good and the entertainers took our breath away. Amazingly talented! We also went to Cagneys and Le Bistro...both of which were very good and didn’t disappoint.

The shows were very good and we especially enjoyed Priscilla. But our favourite venue was the howl at the moon piano bar. We usually go to bed pretty early but we closed them down three nights at 1:00 a.m.! We just couldn’t leave in case we missed another great song!

We did on your own shore excursions to Florence and Pisa, Monaco and Monte Carlo and Pompeii....if you go to Pompeii make sure to get a map or you will easily get lost in the myriad of streets and if possible a guidebook before you go. The rest of the ports we walked off the ship and wither just walked or did the hop on hop off bus tours.

We sailed out of Rome and were lucky to have four days there before we sailed out of Civitavecchia to really be able to take in all of the sites and see most of everything that amazing city has to offer.

All in all...we had a great cruise....but where are the towel animals...none to be seen


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BE 9071

Again...the bed is toooooo small because of the curvy design for anyone over 6’. The cabin is cramped and the shower/toilet design is a bit whacky bit we didn’t stay much in the cabin. The sofa bed is not comfortable for sitting and reading and I can’t imagine how crowded it would be with a third or fourth guest! Ugh! For those reasons and the lack of towel animals and a promenade deck we won’t chose EPic again...we will happily book a different NCL ship.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Florence & Pisa Tour

Very good, had a very knowledgable tour guide who gave us tons of info even though it was not specifically a guided tour. He even volunteered to take a group of us to a restaurant for typical Florentine cuisine!

View All 274 Florence & Pisa Tour Reviews
Monaco & Monte Carlo

Another great guided tour when it was supposed to be on your own! Our tour guide was lovely

View All 61 Monaco & Monte Carlo Reviews
Barcelona

My favourite city in the Med! We have been there before but did the hop on hop off at the dock. Then we walked and walked! Do be aware of pick pockets...we are always careful and have never had any problems but be cautious! Don’t let them spoil your visit to a beautiful city

Pompeii Walking Tour

We did the Pompeii on your own...I wish now we had booked a guided tour or had at least taken a guidebook. We had not realized how much there is to see or often what we were looking at. Make sure you get a map at the very least. It is an incredible place and we will definitely go back and see more of it in the future.

View All 505 Pompeii Walking Tour Reviews

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